|E100-40: 2 Kings 25:1 - 25:30: The holy city falls - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Today's is a grim reading. But such brutality was not unusual in the Ancient Near East. The Assyrians, for example, when they captured the Judean city of Lachish after a siege in 701BC impaled the surviving leaders outside the city, and left a mass grave of 1,500 people (mainly women and children). Despite what one might even see as gentle treatment of the city by the Babylonians in 586, the fall of Jesusalem marked Hebrew thought deeply because it was God's city, their last toehold of political...
Keywords: 2 Kings; Jerusalem; biblical; narrative; bible study; exile